Miami-Dade County

Traffic Watch: Big traffic shift on S.R. 836 now in effect

The Big Traffic Shift is now in effect.

Drivers headed west on State Road 836, the Dolphin Expressway, must now stay on the left lanes. Those headed to State Road 826, the Palmetto Expressway, must stay on the right lanes. Until Sunday it was the other way around. This is all part of a $560 million project to overhaul the 836-826 interchange.

Meanwhile, a scheduled traffic shift on the Gratigny Parkway at the Palmetto interchange that was going to take place last week has been postponed until further notice.

Other traffic disruptions that will take place will hamper traffic on 836. Among them: The entrance ramps to the eastbound expressway from Northwest 12th Street will be closed for installation of electronic toll equipment will be closed nightly until Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, multiple closures on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike and intersecting roadways will occur as part of express lanes and sound walls projects. Among the closures: one or two lanes in each direction will be closed nightly on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike between Eureka Drive and Southwest 104th Street through from 11:30 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

As roadwork spreads, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is promoting safety during National Work Zone Awareness Week this week. Some FDOT tips to drivers: slow down, don’t tailgate, expect the unexpected.

Speaking of safety, FDOT has implemented new measures on the northbound I-95 express lanes to prevent accidents. Workers will block all three entrances to the express lanes whenever emergency personnel respond to an emergency there.

Large portable barricades with a sign saying “ROAD CLOSED” will be placed at each point to block drivers from entering the lanes. The barricades will be staffed by field personnel. The roadway leading up to the closures will be lined with safety cones.